Advice & support

The Office of Public Guardian aims to process powers of attorney (PoA) within 30 working days of receiving the document. When they receive your request, they will consider the reason(s) stated. If the request is granted the PoA will be processed within 5 working days. An acknowledgement will be issued advising if the request has been refused. Weekly updates are available of their current processing times on their News page.

VOCAL runs free monthly surgeries for carers to discuss issues including:

  • Welfare rights- check your entitlements and get support making claims for benefits
  • Power of Attorney – free monthly appointments with an independent advisor, to support you to write and register a Power of Attorney document.
  • Long Term Care – look at financial options when considering long term care
  • Legal issues – wills, trusts and guardianship

Find out more about free carer advice surgeries.